Spokesperson of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council for the 2023 elections, Festus Keyamo (SAN) has said that regardless of where Asiwaju Bola Tinubu comes from in Nigeria, he is “qualified” to run for the highest office in the land.
Keyamo was speaking on the renewed controversy surrounding the former Lagos State governor’s real name.
Tinubu’s critics have claimed that his real name is Yekini Amoda Ogunlere from Iragbiji Osun State.
Speaking on a Twitter Spaces Programme organised recently by the ABAT (Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu) media team, Keyamo, who is the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, said: “The Constitution section 131, Paragraph A says you have to be a Nigerian by birth. That’s the first requirement.
“So if Tinubu is from Osun State or from Lagos State, thank God they are not saying he is from Cameroon. He is not in the mode of those who claimed to come from one part of the country whereas by the time they were born that part of the country was in Cameroon.
“So whether Asiwaju is from Osun, Lagos or anywhere, Asiwaju is from Nigeria. So Asiwaju is qualified.
“It is very disrespectful and unfair to just generate cock and bull story against families. Either the family from Osun State, Amoda Ogunlere or the Tinubu family, you are disrespecting the families.
“The Amoda family has not come out to say this is my son or my brother and the Tinubu family has also not denied him. So what are they looking for? Is it that the Amoda family or Ogunlere family are not Nigerians or they are of lesser human beings. They need to tell us what they are saying.”